The recent debate over the FISA extension bill has created several questions. Recently, the FISA bill was about to expire. Congress passed some extensions while they debated or didn’t get around to debating the merits of the bill. This bill will allow the Government to monitor communications coming into this country from foreign countries and to monitor communications going to other countries from this country.
On February 22, 2008, the final extension given to this act, expired. The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, decided not to allow it on the floor for debate and a vote but instead sent the House packing for it’s vacation.
On February 28, 2008 President Bush held a press conference. His main concern for this was the passing of the act. His claim is that this bill not being passed puts Americans at risk. What did the House do on February 28? They passed a tax increase on Oil Companies and sent it to the Senate.
The sticking point to the leadership of the House on the FISA bill is that they don’t want to give immunity to communication companies if they are sued for sharing information with the Federal government on communications. Notice, I said the “leadership of the House”. If this were allowed to the floor of the House, the compromise bill from the Senate would pass. Nancy Pelosi seems to think that it is more important to tax oil companies than to protect the safety of the American people. This tax would increase the cost of gasoline at the pump for Americans, while the Democrats go on television complaining of the high cost of gas.
I believe that just in the reasoning of the House leadership you can see that the safety of the American people is not high on their list. What other evidence is out there that might indicate the Democrats have no concern for the American people’s safety?
I looked back at the most recent democrat Presidency. That of William Jefferson Clinton. There is quite a list of terrorist acts perpetrated on this country from 1993 through 2000. Clinton took office on January 20, 1993 and left office on January 20, 2001. Following is a list of terrorist attacks on this country during that time.
January 25 1993: Mir Aimal Kansi, a Pakistani, fires an AK-47 assault rifle into cars waiting at a stoplight in front of the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters, killing two and injuring three others
February 26 1993: World Trade Center bombing kills six and injures over 1000 people, by coalition of five groups:
March 1: In the Brooklyn Bridge Shooting, Rashid Baz kills a Hasidic seminary student and wounds four on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City
April 19 : Oklahoma City bombing kills 168 people, 19 of them children; the most deadly act of domestic terrorism in the United States to date.
June 25: Khobar Towers bombing – In all, 19 U.S. servicemen and one Saudi were killed and 372 wounded, by Hizballah Al-Hijaz (Saudi Hizballah) with Iranian support,
February 24: Ali Abu Kamal opens fire on tourists at an observation deck atop the Empire State Building in New York City, killing a Danish national and wounding visitors from the United States, Argentina, Switzerland and France before turning the gun on himself. A handwritten note carried by the gunman claims this was a punishment attack against the "enemies of Palestine".
August 7: U.S. embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, killing 225 people and injuring more than 4,000, by al-Qaeda,
October 12 2000: USS Cole bombing kills 17 US sailors and wounds 40 off the port of Aden, by al-Qaeda;
What did Bill Clinton do during those years? In February of 1993, barely a month after taking over the Presidency, he went on National television and said that he’d worked very hard, but just couldn’t find a way to give the middle class the tax break that he promised during his campaign.
In 1993 he started the siege at Waco and ended up killing Americans. Granted, David Koresh played games. However, one day prior to the siege, Koresh was watched as he ate an ice cream in town. They let him go and instead decided to serve him with their warrant the next day. On April 19, they decided to push tanks into the citizens at Waco killing many including David Koresh.
There were the numerous scandals during his administration. The health care debacle run by his wife, Hillary Clinton and who can forget the ATF breaking into a home and taking Elian Gonzalez, and 8 year old boy, and shipping him back to Cuba.
There were no less than two chances to kill Osama bin Laden that he passed on, once because he couldn’t be bothered due to watching a golf tournament on television.
There were three opportunities for President Clinton to be given Osama bin Laden that President Clinton passed on saying later that he had no crimes with which to charge bin Laden.
President Clinton sent our military to Kosovo, Haiti and Serbia. He left Rangers without the necessary backup and ammunition to protect themselves and fifteen of our best were dragged through the streets.
While the blowing up of TWA Flight 800 wasn’t and isn’t listed as a terrorist attack, it is my belief (without any proof) that it was an attack and it was covered up by the Clinton administration. There is quite a bit of Jamie Gorelick’s hand in that event.
His reign ended with the attack on the USS Cole. Again, he did nothing. During his years, Clinton took the intelligence of this country and removed the emphasis off of the human element and moved it towards technology. This removed intelligence on the ground. Human intelligence. In addition, we all know that he cut the military.
In November of 2000 the election took place between George Bush and Al Gore. It lasted 35 days before it was decided who the President would be.
George Bush took over as President in January 2001. The spring and summer was spent putting cabinet officials in place and getting their confirmations over. It was spent replacing the W’s on the keyboards in the White House when the former administration left behind petty vandalism.
Less than 7 months after taking office.....
September 11: Attacks kill 2,997 immediately, and many more later from exposure to toxic dust in a series of hijacked airliner crashes into two U.S. landmarks: the World Trade Center in New York City, New York, and The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. A fourth plane, originally intended to hit the United States Capitol Building, crashes in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, after an apparent revolt against the hijackers by the plane's passengers; by Al-Qaeda, being the most catastrophic terrorist event ever known.
On October 7, 2001 President Bush announced the beginning of the war on terror by sending the military to Afghanistan. There have been no attacks since. There have been attempts, but they’ve been thwarted. The ones we know about; the attempt to have ten planes coming from Britain blown up over US cities is the best known, have been stopped.
In the past year, the Democrats have said over and over that it’s time to get out of Iraq. The Bush strategy was not working and we need to leave Iraq. When Bush changed the strategy and sent in the surge, nearly immediately it had an affect. Bombings are down, attacks are down, military deaths are down, civilian deaths are down. The Iraqi’s are taking over more and more of their own security. The government is beginning to take steps to take over their own country. The Democrats say we need to come out.
Even now, the Democrat Congress is passing measures to try to stop funding for the war. They are determined to end the war before it’s won despite the fact that we’re winning.
So what happens in the future? I’ve always believed that after the next election, when we have a new President, regardless of which party that President comes from, that the terrorists would step up their attempts to attack us. Whether this is a test to see if the new President would be tough on them as was Bush or just to see how far they can take the next President.
I believe this is more likely with a Democrat President than it is with a Republican President, but I still believe that the attempt will be made even if McCain is the next President.
The question is how will it be handled. When the attack on September 11, 2001 happened, there were comments made by former Clinton people that it’s too bad it didn’t happen during Clinton’s administration. He could have become the President that the nation rallied around rather than President Bush. It would have eliminated the stories of impeachment, his constant affairs and accusations of sexual harassment, rape and lawsuits and the myriad of scandals. It would have eliminated the talk of all of those that were imprisoned from his administration.
In other words, it would have been about President Clinton instead of the attacks on the American people.
Given all of these stories, and petty acts of President Clinton, Mrs. Clinton and his people that left their jobs when President Bush took over, I can only believe that Democrats are more interested in how they look, rather than what’s best for the United States of America.
Given the eagerness of the Democrats to surrender in Iraq and to go on vacation rather than do the work that is necessary to protect this country from attack, I have no choice but to believe that the Democrats are more interested in their own personal agenda rather than the protection of the United States.
It’s been reported that during the attack on September 11, 2001, there were two planes that didn’t hit their mark. One didn’t get off the ground in Boston and the other was taken down by the passengers in Pennsylvania. One of those planes were meant for the Capitol and the other was meant for the Capitol building. I find it interesting that the people of the United States (those on Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania) made the ultimate sacrifice and quite possibly saved the lives of the members of both Houses of Congress, yet the Democrats in Congress aren’t interested in saving lives of Americans across this country and the world by doing something simple, like passing the protection act.
Are Democrats concerned about the safety of the United States? My answer is no. They are concerned about how they are perceived. They don’t want to win the war unless they can take credit for it. After 8 years of one Democrat doing nothing, and a Republican attacking the problem within 8 months of taking office and NO ATTACKS SINCE I find it impossible to believe that Democrats care at all about the American people.
With the Democrats ignoring the FISA law, yet passing tax increases on the American people through the oil companies, it seems to speak volumes about their priorities. They want to take more of your hard earned money, but they aren’t interested in extending a law that has worked.
The Republicans were wrong for spending like Democrats and lost their majority over it. Bush was wrong for not vetoing all of the spending the Republicans did and paid the price by losing his back-up in the House and Senate. Unfortunately, the price will be paid by the American people in higher taxes and less security if the Democrats are put in power in the White House and even worse if they are given the majority in the House and Senate as well.
There will be one change that will take place, however. When we are attacked again, we will see over and over the pictures of the attack. Something that we haven’t been permitted to see after the September 11, 2001 attacks.